In what could be a storyline from Only Fools and Horses, the un-named company were left with 2,000 unsellable mugs showing the American president’s smiling face emblazoned on an England flag, along with the Manchester United defender’s name.
Realising their error, they shipped them off to a clearance reselling specialist in Dorset, who went public with pictures of the catastrophic cups.
Karl Baxter, MD for Wholesale Clearance, commented: “The Dorset company in question… was given the seemingly easy job of sourcing royalty-free pictures of each England squad player to use on the England mugs – along with other accompanying items such as England coasters, England mouse mats etc.
“They passed this onto to their young, bright eyed and bushy tailed new apprentice. The designs were proofed and signed off by their boss, who had clearly had a heavy night with the lads playing poker and before he’d had his first vat of coffee the following morning.
“They immediately contacted us and 2,000 of the England items was dispatched to our warehouse. We eagerly unpacked them and, indeed it turned out that the Chris Smalling cup had Barack Obama’s head on instead of Chris’s.”Post published in: World News